Atlanta Devonta Freeman scored twice for the Falcons before Jacksonville made a play with his offense, and that was enough for Atlanta to beat the Jaguars on Sunday 24-12 in a match between teams that have long been unable to advance to the postseason.
Matt Ryan threw for 384 yards, while Julio Jones achieved his best game of the year, making 10 receptions for 166 yards.
Before thousands of empty seats in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons (6-9) won their third duel in a row, limiting the Jaguars (5-10) to 288 yards. It was Atlanta’s last home game in a disappointing season.
The Falcons accumulated 518 yards.
Jacksonville arrived with the spirit for the floors, in his first game since the dismissal of the executive Tom Coughlin, announced on Wednesday, after several questionable changes in the squad and a harsh criticism issued by the players union to his severe disciplinary methods.
The Jaguars have lost six of their last seven games and 20 of 27 since they started the 2018 season with a 3-1 record, after a surprising campaign in which they played the final of the American Conference.